Four years ago, on November 8th, Amelia came to her forever home with the Cascadian Nomads from the Seattle Animal Shelter.
Brychwyn turns four today, Sunday, November 9th.
And on November 10th, Huxley celebrates his third birthday.
Happy Birthday to the Cascadian Nomads "baby" Huxley. Happy Gotcha Day to special long legged cat, Amelia, and Happy Birthday to adorable short legged dog, Brychwyn.
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Costumes aren't so bad. I get a lot of attention and pose for tons of pictures whenever I am dressed to impress. Well, I get noticed a little more than usual. Over the weekend I learned that I am not the only dog who enjoys playing dress up. A huge crowd of costumed corgis gathered for a Halloween walk around Green Lake in Seattle and I was the best little angel I could be. A devil dog attempted to lure me into mischief but I continued to wear my corgi wings and halo with pride.
While I did my best to be a perfect angel, the Cascadian autumn weather was hard at work being mischievous. Fortunately, there was only a little sprinkle of rain as we dogs paraded the Green Lake trail. The sun even came out for part of our trek. I doubt it would have mattered what the weather decided to do to all of the jovial costumed corgis. The brief sunshine didn't effect the corgi fishes and the rain shower didn't water down the corgi ice cream sundaes.
Wearing costumes isn't something all dogs like to do, especially on a wet fall day. However, the smiling corgis who joined Bethany and I on our urban hike around Green Lake obviously enjoyed themselves. I know I did. To be honest, though, I was pretty happy when it was time to take my angel costume off. A corgi can only be expected to spend a certain amount of time being good, after all.
Wondering where Wilhelm and Huxley are? Check out more of our dog friendly Halloween fun (and diva Brychwyn's other costume) here.
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Just a few days after we returned from the UK, my mom's corgi, Morgan, came to stay with us while mom visited family in Buffalo, New York. Honestly, having four dogs when I was jet lagged, ill and dealing with Jason's sister in the hospital was not necessarily fun. After Morgan left, though, I kind of missed him. Having four dogs did have it's plus sides too. I got a reminder to be careful what I wish for yesterday afternoon when Morgan came to stay again. This time the circumstances are bad. My mom has gone back to New York because my grandfather is in the hospital. I certainly hope the craziness with my human family will soon cease but in the mean time, there will be a lot of adorable pet mischief around here.
It is my obligation as a hound to live the motto the more the merrier. There are certain times this saying would not apply like if I had to share my food. Usually, though, I prefer having more dogs around to play with and to cuddle with. Especially short legged ones.
Everyone expects me to be upset about having a fourth dog around. Yet I don't really mind. In fact, since Morgan doesn't live with a cat, I can get away with all kinds of fun feline tricks when he visits. Morgan loves it when I bat at him from under a door, surprise him from around a corner or jump down in front of him from on high. So as long as their is still room for me on the beds and I get to constantly show Morgan who is the boss,er, I mean, play with the second corgi, all is well
When Morgan comes over, he and I try our best to get along. However, I do not like it when Morgan out stays his welcome. A few hours is enough time to admire the loveliness of two corgis, right? Why does Morgan have to spend the night and especially a lot of nights? If he joins us on walks, all of the people that we meet don't only pay attention to me. Why pay attention to him? He doesn't even have one whole blue eye. I suppose if I didn't have to share attention, the couch, the bed, the other pets, the humans or anything at all with Morgan, he wouldn't be so bad to have around. In fact, having another corgi to play with is kind of fun sometimes. Only sometimes.
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Once we arrived on Lopez Island, Jason dropped Bethany, Wilhelm, Huxley, Morgan and I at Lopez Hill Preserve. We first hiked up a short gravel road then began on a trail through a small meadow. The meadow trail soon turned the rest of the hike was through a lush forest. We hiked past a crumbed old homestead, huge rocks and rested on thick, soft moss. It all smelled so good. Sniffing around old growth or second growth forests is every Cascadian dogs dream! Bethany says deer also like to rest on the same moss we dogs liked but we didn't see any. I'm actually very surprised about the lack of critters on our hike. Maybe they all knew hunting season in the park was starting soon. I don't like the idea of being in a park during hunting season any more than the critters and I am always safely on my leash. Not only were there no critters on our hike but we also didn't see any other people. Just the kind of hike a leash reactive corgi can relax and enjoy!
While waiting for Jason to finish working, we got to have a dog nap at the bottom of Lopez Hill. It was a good thing we fit dogs rested because we got to go on another hike after Jason picked us up. Our second Lopez Island hike was a beach hike at Spencer Spit State Park. Washington State Parks are wonderful for dogs because as long as we are on leashes, we can go almost everywhere, even on beaches. Sadly, we were among the only dogs at the park obeying the law. There was even a dog in the fragile wildlife restoration area of the park that had signs specifically asking for no dogs. I did my best not to bark about it since I could tell Bethany and Jason were already upset enough. We continued on and enjoyed the gorgeous sunny day and stunning San Juan Islands views.
Since we Cascadian Nomads fit dogs were pretty worn our after to very different Lopez Island hikes, we napped in the car on the ferry. Those boats don't bother my large, sensitive corgi ears as much when I am in the car and especially not when I am sound asleep. Even though our Lopez Island day trip was a very fun fit dog outing and adventure, I think I remember having playtime when we got home. After that, however, it was time for me to do another job corgis are very good at; go to bed.
Thank you to Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige, National Walk Your Dog Week, http://www.walkyourdogweek.com/, founder.
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